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MANGER CRAFT

Subject: Christmas arts and crafts
Grade: 2-6
Age: 6-12

Submitted by: Pastor Anna, a pastor from Desert Bloom Ministries in Bullhead City, AZ.

Objectives:

  • Celebrating the meaning of Christmas

What You Need:

  • 1 square container obtained from Cesar® or Pedigree® food (food for tiny dogs).
  • sculpy ® clay, can be just one color such as tan (which you can leave in tan when figures are created or paint with acrylic paints) or multiple colors.
  • some dried grass
  • piece of ribbon long enough to go around the edges of the container. (these containers are about 2-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches)
  • paint for the background. (gold spray paint is nice)
  • glue
  • 2 little pieces of stick to form the manger, criss-cross (children old enough to handle a glue gun can use one to glue down the figures and the grass and the ribbon.)
© Broderbund

What You Do:

  1. Make sure container is washed out and dry.

  2. Spray or brush acrylic paint on the inside of the little white container.

  3. Set aside to dry

  4. Take the Sculpy ® clay and form the little figures of Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus.

  5. Bake as directed on supplier instruction, usually 10 minutes in 300 degree oven. (we have a little sandwich type oven in our kitchen, it works perfectly).

  6. While baking , the dried grass (or whatever looks like hay), can be glued to the bottom of the container (not the background). The ribbon can be glued around the container and to the top (so it can hang as an ornament).

  7. When 10 minutes are transpired, carefully remove your figures from the oven. Let them cool down about 10 minutes.

  8. Paint if desired.

  9. When dry, use a sealer or spray gloss and let dry again (usually about 10 minutes).

  10. Then add glue to the bottom of the container, attach the figures and voila you have a manger scene!

Recommended Books:

Sister Wendy's Story of Christmas (Adventures in Art)
by: Sister Wendy Beckett

Biography:

Pastor Anna is a lady pastor of a small rural church. When her son, who also is an ordained minister, takes the moring sermon, she takes the children to do crafts and lessons with them.

© Pastor Anna

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